Calling all Sweetgreen addicts! (No shame — I am totally with you, much to my bank account’s dismay.) The salad-slinging chain is opening its sixth Philly-area location this month, and they want to give you free food to celebrate. This isn’t a cruel joke, promise.
Our friends over on BizPhilly just clued us in on the news that Knit Wit, the much-loved boutique at 1729 Chestnut Street, has lost its lease (don’t worry, they plan to open another location soon. And yes, there is a lost-our-lease sale happening). What’s replacing them, you ask? That would be Just Salad, a salad chain based in New York City.
• I’ve waxed poetic about the benefits of hemp seeds many a time, but they’re not the only seed worth throwing on your salads: flax seeds, chia seeds and pumpkin seeds — all of which blend in with just about any mix of ingredients — all offer tons of benefits, like high fiber counts, zinc, magnesium and protein. So get to sprinklin’, people! [Prevention]
This week on Foobooz, we’re publishing our guide to Philly’s new world of cheap eats: upscale quick cuisine that’s as exciting as a meal at Vetri — at a fraction of the price. Today, we’re all about serious salads that can stand on their own as hearty, filling meals. Below, check out 21 of our favorites in the city and ‘burbs. Or pick up the October issue of Philly Mag, on newsstands this week, to see all our Cheap Eats goodness in one place. Read more »
• Planning on braving the post-work nightmare that is Trader Joe’s at 6 p.m. on a Monday? First off, let me just say: You are a hero. And secondly, before you head to TJ’s, you should read through this list of the best vegan finds in the store’s aisles and update your shopping list accordingly. [POPSUGAR Fitness]
Honeygrow is on the verge of rolling out a new menu at each of its stores. The rollout of the new menu will begin with the reopening of the original store at 110 South 16th Street. A date that hasn’t been set but is still a couple of weeks away. From there, culinary director David Katz will oversee the rollout the rest of the stores. The new menu will include new salads and stir-frys.
Editor’s note: Welcome to our new series My Top Five where we get local foodies and fitness pros around Philly to dish on everything from their top five salads to their top five running trails around town. Read up, then jot some of their favorites down on your Philly bucket list so you don’t forget about ’em!
There really is nothing more perfect for lunch than a salad. They’re light, healthy, portable, customizable, and you can find one on just about any menu. Us Philadelphians are lucky though, because Philly is home to some spots to not just grab a decent lunch salad, but an amazing lunch salad.
To wit: We got Emily Watson, the mind behind local healthy-eating blog Nourishing Matters, to dish on her top five favorite lunch salads around town and they all sound truly delicious. So next time you have a free half-hour at work, grab a co-worker and test out one of these healthy picks. Read more »
Farmer’s Keep, the fast-casual restaurant at 20th and Ludlow that avoids common allergens, is now open. The restaurant from Josh Bullock includes about 20 built salads or you can build your own off of eight bases and add your own proteins and sides. All the plates are sold by weight ($10 per pound).
Farmer’s Keep [Foobooz]
Okaaay, okay, so technically we’ve still got a week until we can officially say it’s summer. But with all the humidity we’ve experienced in the past few days, it might as well be summer now—am I right? And I don’t know about you, but when I open my fridge after a long day at work and a humidity-drenched walk home on these not-yet-summer, summer-like days, the last thing I’m looking for is a gigantic dinner.
And that’s where this week’s recipes come in: These five salads are filled with delicious warm-weather ingredients like strawberries, arugula, spinach and more. And each one is light enough for a hot, humid day, but filling enough for a dinner meal. Meaning: you’ll have just enough room left after dinner for a big, heaping spoonful of chocolate sorbet. And if you are in the mood for a heftier meal, you can always bulk these recipes up with a serving of salmon or some baked tofu. Happy cooking, Be Wellers!